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HME News 08/07/2020 14:02
08/07/2020. Theresa Flaherty. PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – AdaptHealth executives don’t expect volume for new CPAP setups to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2020, but they say that’s largely offset by its strong resupply business. Although new CPAP setups were impacted during the second quarter, PAP resupplies were up by low double digits, says CEO Luke McGee. “We are cautiously optimistic that we’ve seen a permanent shift up on resupply rates,” he said. New CPAP setups began to rebound in July, as did referrals for orthotics, walkers, commodes and other DME linked to hospital discharges that had been impacted by the pandemic. AdaptHealth has also expanded its sales efforts for ventilators, Bi-PAP machines, oxygen concentrators and pulse oximeter.
HME News 08/07/2020 13:59
08/07/2020. Liz Beaulieu. SAN DIEGO – ResMed has seen double-digit declines in new sleep apnea patient flow across all markets that have experienced lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the company expects a U-shaped recovery in its fiscal year 2021, says CEO Mick Farrell. While Germany is back up to 85% of its pre-COVID-19 sleep lab capacity and China is at 50%, the United States is likely somewhere in between, at an average of about 70%, Farrell told investors during a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and year-end financial results. "We expect a steady, sequential, quarter by quarter sort of U-shaped recovery of the sleep apnea, COPD and asthma patient flow throughout fiscal year 2021," he said.
HME News 08/07/2020 13:57
08/07/2020. Liz Beaulieu. GOLETA, Calif. – Inogen’s rental revenues saved the day in a second quarter where its direct-to-consumer and business-to-business sales struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company reported that rental revenues increased 16.9% to $6.1 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, in part due to a conscious decision to redirect more of its marketing leads to rental setups. "Overall, that business did show improvements, and that’s good sign," said Ali Bauerlein, CFO.
HME News 08/07/2020 13:56
08/07/2020. Liz Beaulieu. ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare sees "encouraging signs" that the demand for mobility and seating products is recovering from a slowdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Order rates were up in July and into August, Matt Monaghan, chairman, president and CEO, told investors during a recent conference call to discuss the company’s second quarter financial results. "In mobility and seating, the good momentum we had in the first quarter began to slow in early parts of the second quarter as public health restrictions limited access to clinicians for custom fitting, which reduced sales," he said.
HME News 08/07/2020 13:53
08/07/2020. Theresa Flaherty. WASHINGTON – It was a first step, but CMS has more homework to do before it moves to establish a new national coverage determination for non-invasive positive pressure ventilation, say the members of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. The members met virtually on July 22 to discuss clinical data to better define COPD patients who could benefit from NIPPV, usage criteria and equipment parameters, say industry stakeholders who listened in on the call. "For me, (the committee wasn’t) very confident that the evidence was clear," said Kim Brummett, vice president of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare.
HME News 08/06/2020 10:37
08/06/2020. HME News Staff. WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s congressional delegation has asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma to delay Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program during the public health emergency. The letter, spearheaded by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Va., and Shelley Capito, R-West Va., also seeks to extend the blended rates in both competitive and non-bid areas to “maintain stability and access across all parts of the country.”West Virginia has lost 38% of providers in the past two years due to drastic reimbursement cuts, states the letter. “West Virginia is a rural state and our seniors rely on the compassionate care that our small businesses provide, including home delivery, setup assistance, and prompt service when problem.
HME News 08/06/2020 10:34
08/06/2020. HME News Staff. WASHINGTON – Reps. John Larson, D-Conn., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., are circulating a sign-on asking CMS to permanently exempt accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs from competitive bidding pricing. “Complex wheelchair accessories are highly tailored, individualized products that perform critical functions for the Medicare beneficiaries,” the letter states. “Unlike what the name implies, ‘accessories’ are not nice-to have items, but instead, provide important benefits like preventing skin pressure sores, positioning/supporting the person upright so they can breathe, and allowing the operation of the wheelchair to be tailored to their physical limitations.”Late in 2019, Congress passed athat included langua.
HME News 08/04/2020 08:53
08/04/2020. HME News Staff. WASHINGTON – CMS is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, following President Trump’s signing of the “Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access” on Aug. 3. In a , CMS takes steps to extend the availability of certain telemedicine services after the public health emergency ends, giving Medicare beneficiaries more convenient ways to access health care, particularly in rural areas where access to providers may limited, the agency says. “Telemedicine can never fully replace in-person care, but it can complement and enhance in-person care by furnishing one more powerful clinical tool to increase access and choices for America’s seniors,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. HHS recently exten.
HME News 08/04/2020 08:50
08/04/2020. HME News Staff. WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services has reopened applications for Medicare-based relief funding and extended the application deadline for Medicaid-based relief, according to AAHomecare. The news is especially welcome for providers that did not apply for the $20 billing Tranche 2 funding from the Medicare-based relief fund, the association says. “We heard from HME suppliers who were excluded from substantial Medicaid-based relief and reached out to HHS about this problem,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO. The General Distribution (phase 1) was originally dispensed in two parts: Tranche 1 ($30 billion) automatically distributed based on 6% of 2019 Medicare revenue between April 10-17; and Tranch.
HME News 07/31/2020 14:20
Recent win in Pennsylvania means providers are eligible for hazard pay. 07/31/2020. Theresa Flaherty. ALEXANDRIA, Va. – HME providers and community pharmacists have continued to serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – and like other health care providers, they want to be recognized for that. The National Community Pharmacists Association recently launched the "Essential" Campaign to keep up the pressure on lawmakers for relief, including hazard pay, says Douglas Hoey, CEO. "Pharmacists have been there since the beginning of this and we need recognition and relief for some of those efforts," he said.
HME News 07/31/2020 14:18
07/31/2020. Liz Beaulieu. WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders are working with their champions in Congress to craft a letter asking CMS to permanently change its payment policy on accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. That letter may take the form of a "Dear Colleague" letter requiring signatures, said Don Clayback during a recent webcast, so stay tuned. "We’re asking CMS to change the policy so it’s consistent with (accessories for complex rehab power wheelchairs)," said Clayback, executive director of NCART.
HME News 07/31/2020 14:14
07/31/2020. Theresa Flaherty. YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers have stepped up in acts both big and small to prove the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought out the best in people. National reach. 180 Medical, a national provider of disposable medical supplies, was inspired by an article in the New York Times calling attention to a shortage of diapers, wipes and other essential needs for children and individuals with special needs, says employee Jessica Jared. "This (was) due to the surge in panic buying," she told HME News.
HME News 07/31/2020 14:12
07/31/2020. Liz Beaulieu. ATLANTA – The need for DMEconnected, a new online "cheat sheet" for referral sources with information on DME providers and the equipment and services they provide, has taken on new meaning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says CEO Courtney Richards. The company took its website live in February, right before the pandemic took hold in the U.S. "Sales reps (for DME companies) can’t really walk into medical offices anymore," said Richards, who worked in sales for a national DME provider and medical device company before starting DMEconnected with two web developers last year.
HME News 07/31/2020 13:57
07/31/2020. HME News Staff. WASHINGTON – A last minute push by HME providers boosted to 101 the number of signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks to pause Medicare’s competitive bidding program. The , spearheaded by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, asks CMS to pause the next round of the program for a year or through the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is longer. The PHE was extended another three months on July 24. The letter closed for signatures July 29, after only a week, with stakeholders hoping to get between 80 and 100 signatures. CMS updates COVID-19 data. WASHINGTON – CMS paid $2.8 billion in Medicare fee-for-service claims for COVID-related hospitalizations, or an average.
HME News 07/30/2020 13:53
07/30/2020. Theresa Flaherty. WASHINGTON – Eighty representatives have reportedly signed on to a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks to pause Medicare’s competitive bidding program. The spearheaded by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, asks CMS to pause the next round of the program for a year or through the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is longer. The PHE was extended another three months on July 24. The letter was expected to close for signatures July 29, but AAHomecare urged its members to reach out to their legislators and still ask them to sign on. Ideally, the letter will get between 80 and 100 signatures.
HME News 07/29/2020 09:44
07/29/2020. HME News Staff. HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers (PAMS) has helped to secure COVID-19 hazard pay for HME providers as part of the state’s grant program for frontline workers, AAHomecare reports. The Department of Commerce and Economic Development added HME providers to the definition of qualified recipients after a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, and numerous emails between Mindy Eberhart, executive director of PAMS, and the department. "We are pleased that the Pennsylvania DCED has agreed that home medical equipment providers are eligible to apply for the hazard pay grants, as they should be," said Eberhart in an AAHomecare bulletin.
HME News 07/29/2020 09:40
07/29/2020. HME News Staff. WASHINGTON – CMS paid $2.8 billion in Medicare fee-for-service claims for COVID-related hospitalizations, or an average of $25,255 per beneficiary, according to released by the agency. “The updated data confirm that the COVID-19 public health emergency is disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities,” CMS stated. Other key data points:. Beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid – who often suffer from multiple chronic conditions and have low incomes – were hospitalized at a rate more than 5 times higher than beneficiaries with only Medicare. Beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease continue to be hospitalized at higher rates than other segments of the M.
HME News 07/24/2020 11:17
Deadline for congressional letter is July 29. 07/24/2020. Liz Beaulieu. WASHINGTON – A "Dear Colleague" letter making the rounds in the House of Representatives is the next step in trying to get CMS to use its authority to pause Round 2021 of competitive bidding. The , spearheaded by Reps.
HME News 07/24/2020 11:15
07/24/2020. HME News Staff. WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders now have a better idea of on Aug. 3, but they still have questions, like what product categories will get audited. On that matter, stakeholders will be watching the RAC and SMRC contractors for clues, as they now post active audits to their web sites. "We do have transparency in that," said Andrea Stark, a reimbursement specialist for MiraVista.

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